Discharge Instructions: When Your Baby Spits Up or Vomits
What Is Spitting Up?
|In babies, it’s common for a little bit of fluid to travel out of the stomach and up the esophagus.|
Spitting up is sometimes called a “wet burp.” It usually happens during or right after feeding. Only a small amount of liquid comes up. If your baby spits up, gently wipe the baby’s face and lips clean. There is no need to call the doctor.
What Is Vomiting?
Vomiting is more serious than spitting up. It’s more forceful, and a larger amount of liquid or food comes up from the stomach. It’s also persistent (happens more than once). Vomiting can happen during or after a feeding. It can also happen when the baby isn’t eating. Vomiting can be a sign that the baby is sick (see the box below).
Signs of a Problem
Call the doctor right away if your baby has: